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Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 11:30am EST
're going to need strong application of anti-discrimination laws, we need immigration reform that gross the any and takes people out of the shadows. we're going to need targeted initiatives to close those gaps. [ applause ] >> but -- but here is an important point, the decade's long shifts in the economy have hurt all groups, poor and middle class inner city and rural folks, men and women, and americans of all races, and as a consequence some of the social patterns that contribute to declining mobility, that were once attributed to the urban poor, that's a particular problem for the inner city. single parent households or you know drug abuse or -- it turns out now we're seeing that pop up everywhere. a new study shows that disparities in education, mental health, obesity, absent fathers, isolation from church, isolation from community groups, these gaps are now as much about growing up rich or poor as they are about anything else. the gap in test scores between poor kids and wealthy kids is now at nearly twice what it is between white kids and black kids. kids with working class parents
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